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world /wɜːld $ wɜːrld/ noun

جهان ، دنیا ، گیتی ، عالم ، روزگار ، نجوم: کیهان
- earth, globe
- mankind, everybody, everyone, humanity, humankind, man, the public
- sphere, area, domain, environment, field, realm
English Thesaurus: Earth/the Earth, the world, land, the glob

[TahlilGaran] English Synonym Dictionary

I. world1 S1 W1 /wɜːld $ wɜːrld/ noun
[Word Family: noun: world, underworld, worldliness; adjective: world, worldlyunworldly, worldwide; adverb: worldwide]
[Language: Old English; Origin: woruld 'human existence, this world, age']

1. OUR PLANET/EVERYONE ON IT the world the planet we live on, and all the people, cities, and countries on it ⇒ earth:
Tuberculosis is still common in some parts of the world.
At that time China was the most powerful country in the world.
the world’s tallest building
The Taj Mahal attracts visitors from around the world.
Students from all over the world come to study at Oxford.
Children are the same the world over.
The book has been published throughout the world.
There is nothing quite like it anywhere in the world.
Europe’s relationship with the rest of the world
I decided to take a year off to travel the world.
a crime that shocked the world

2. in the world used to emphasize what you are saying
the happiest/most exciting etc ... in the world
I’m the luckiest man in the world!
Bali is my favourite place in the whole world.
Off he went, without a care in the world (=not worried about anything at all).
Nothing in the world (=nothing at all) can save them now.
Don’t worry, we’ve got all the time in the world (=plenty of time so you do not need to hurry).
what/who/where/how etc in the world ...? (=used when you are very surprised or annoyed)
What in the world are you doing here at seven in the morning?

3. THE SOCIETY WE LIVE IN [singular] the society that we live in, the way people behave, and the kind of life we have:
Parents want a better world for their children.
the world
The world is being transformed by information technology.
You had to go into politics if you wanted to change the world.
in an ideal/perfect world (=used to say how you would like things to be)
In an ideal world, we would be able to recycle everything.
the real world (=the way life really is, not how people would like it to be or imagine it)
In the real world, things are never quite so simple.
what is the world coming to? (=used to say that you do not like the way society is changing)
Five pounds just to park your car! I don’t know what the world’s coming to.

4. GROUP OF COUNTRIES [singular] a particular group of countries
the Western/Arab etc world
the highest unemployment rate in the Western world
the English-speaking world
agricultural practices in the developing world
the economies of the industrialized world

5. TIME IN HISTORY [singular] a particular period in history
the modern/ancient world
the peoples of the ancient world
the world of ...
the world of the ancient Greeks

6. SB’S LIFE AND EXPERIENCES [countable] the life and experiences of a particular person or group of people
world of
the world of children
The diary gives us an insight into Hemingway’s world.

7. AREA OF ACTIVITY/WORK [countable usually singular] a particular area of activity or work, and the people who are involved in it
the world of politics/business/work etc
She knew little about the world of politics.
the art/business/academic etc world
personalities from the sporting world

8. NATURE/ANIMALS/PLANTS the natural/animal/plant world all of nature, or all animals or plants considered as a group:
the wonders of the natural world

9. PLACE/SITUATION [countable usually singular] a particular kind of place or situation, especially one that someone describes or which you imagine
world of
the nightmare world of Orwell’s novel ‘1984’
a world of lies and secrecy

10. ANOTHER PLANET [countable] a place like the Earth in another part of the universe where other things may live:
strange creatures from another world

11. SOMETHING IS VERY DIFFERENT [countable] used in the following phrases to emphasize that something is very different:
There’s a world of difference between the US and Europe.
I realized we were still worlds apart (=very different, especially concerning your ideas, opinions etc).
It was a world away from (=completely different from) the grand hotels she was used to.

12. the outside world the people who live outside a particular place or country – used when the people of that place or country do not often meet other people:
Prisoners have little contact with the outside world.
be cut off from/closed to/isolated from the outside world
Parts of the country have been virtually closed to the outside world for 20 years.

13. the material world real things, rather than ideas and beliefs:
Is the material world all that exists?

14. for all the world as if/as though/like literary exactly as if or exactly like:
She sat reading her paper, looking for all the world as if nothing had happened.

15. out of this world informal extremely good, enjoyable etc:
The graphics and sounds are out of this world.

16. do somebody a world of good to be very good for someone’s health or mental state:
A bit of fresh air and exercise will do her a world of good.

17. in a world of your own/in your own little world used to say that someone seems to spend a lot of time thinking or imagining things, and does not seem to notice what is happening around them:
She was a shy child who seemed to live in a world of her own.

18. mean the world to somebody/think the world of somebody if someone or something means the world to you, or if you think the world of them, they are very important to you and you love or respect them very much:
Lee thinks the world of that dog.

19. somebody would give the world to do something used to say that someone would like to do something very much:
He would give the world to see her again.

20. be/feel on top of the world informal to feel extremely happy

21. be a man/woman of the world to be someone who has had many experiences and is not easily shocked

22. not for the world used to emphasize that you would not do something:
I wouldn’t hurt her for the world.
I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

23. the world is your oyster there is no limit to the opportunities that someone has:
If you’ve got a good education, the world is your oyster.

24. have the world at your feet
a) to be very famous, popular, or successful:
In those days the band had the world at their feet.
b) to be in a position where you have the chance to become very successful:
a bright young lad with the world at his feet

25. go up/come down in the world to move to a higher or lower position in society:
He’s gone up in the world a bit since I knew him at college.

26. set the world on fire/alight spoken to have a big effect or be very successful:
Her last film didn’t exactly set the world on fire.

27. set/put the world to rights to discuss or say how the world should be changed to make people’s lives better:
We were having a few beers and generally putting the world to rights.

28. the Michael Jacksons/Mother Teresas/Microsofts etc of this world spoken used to talk about a particular kind of person or group, by using one person or group as an example:
The US team is new to the soccer scene, and can’t expect to beat the Brazils of this world.

29. think the world owes you a living to think that you should not have to work and that other people will provide you with everything you need – used to show disapproval

30. think (that) the world revolves around you to think that you are the most important person and everyone else should only be interested in making sure that you have what you want – used to show disapproval

31. the world and his wife British English everyone or anybody – used when you want to emphasize that a lot of people do something or anyone can do something:
It seemed that the world and his wife had come to Madrid.

32. come into the world literary to be born

33. bring a child into the world literary to have a baby, or help a baby to be born

34. somebody is not long for this world literary used to say that someone is likely to die soon

35. NORMAL LIFEthe world normal life in society, as opposed to a religious way of life, especially in a monastery etc:
She renounced the world and entered a convent.
best of both worlds at best3(7), ⇒ be dead to the world at dead1(9), ⇒ it’s not the end of the world at end1(19), ⇒ New World, Third World

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Contemporary English

II. world2 adjective [only before noun]
[Word Family: noun: world, underworld, worldliness; adjective: world, worldlyunworldly, worldwide; adverb: worldwide]

1. existing in, involving, or affecting all or most countries in the world
the World Cup/Championships etc (=a competition involving people from many countries)
He won the world title in 2001.
the reigning Formula One world champion
world trade/economy etc
the impact of the crisis on the world economyworld war

2. a world figure is one of the most important people in the world:
a meeting of world leaders
a world authority on climate changeworld power

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Contemporary English

I. the earth/its people
ADJ. known a medieval map of the known world
VERB + WORLD create, make They believe that God created the world.
destroy One of these days, humankind will destroy the world.
take over Fast food outlets seem to be taking over the world.
tour, travel | see As a young man, he wanted to see the world before he settled down.
lead Sweden leads the world in safety legislation.
WORLD + NOUN leader | economy | recession, slump | market | trade | price World oil prices continue to rise.
domination A handful of Internet companies are battling for world domination.
affairs, events | attention, opinion The bombing alienated world opinion.
war | champion He was easily beaten by the reigning world champion.
championships, cup, title | class The team is world class.
beaters The Portuguese team looked like world beaters in last night's game.
record She shattered the world record for the 200 metres.
rankings He has never before featured in the top ten world rankings.
religion the major world religions
music (= music that includes influences from different parts of the world) | tour The band are about to embark on a six-month world tour.
PREP. across the ~ Astronomers across the world will be watching the night sky.
all around/over/round the ~ The ceremony was watched live by millions around the world.
in the ~ He felt he was the luckiest man in the whole world.
throughout the ~ People throughout the world will be watching the big match on television.
PHRASES the end of the world (figurative) It won't be the end of the world if you don't get the job.
on a world scale Communist parties were formed on a world scale after the Russian Revolution.
on the world stage The country became an important player on the world stage.
a part of the world It's an interesting part of the world.
the world over Scientists the world over have been waiting for this breakthrough.

[TahlilGaran] Collocations Dictionary

II. part of the earth
ADJ. Arab, English-speaking, Western, etc. Heads of state from all over the Arab world gathered for the conference.
developed, First, industrialized, rich First World consumers will have to eat less meat.
developing, Third, underdeveloped | New, Old Machismo is a New World phenomenon with roots in Old World cultures.
PREP. in the … ~ In the Western world, there is a different attitude to marriage.

[TahlilGaran] Collocations Dictionary

III. life/society
ADJ. ever-changing | cruel, dog-eat-dog, hard, tough | crazy, mad, topsy-turvy | ancient, medieval, Roman, etc. | contemporary, modern, today's | brave new the architects' vision of a brave new world of pristine concrete
vanishing These tribesmen are proud survivors of a vanishing world.
outside, real Throughout his time in prison he had no contact with the outside world. In the real world things don't always happen like they do in books.
dream, fantasy, imaginary, inner, private She enjoys creating imaginary worlds for children. She lives in her own inner world.
material, physical | simulated, virtual | spiritual | spirit Mediums claim to receive messages from the spirit world.
social | animal, insect, natural, plant I like living in the country because I'm interested in the natural world.
academic, art, business, fashion, industrial, literary, medical, sports | different We come from different worlds.
sb's own (little) She lives in her own little world.
whole (wide), wider She told him he was her only friend in the whole wide world. The wider world learned of his illness months after he told his family.
small I'm sure we'll meet again. It's a very small world in this profession.
VERB + WORLD change Young people always think they are going to change the world.
have, inhabit, live in Children often have their own private world.
look at, perceive, see, view different ways of looking at the world
come into, enter, escape into We come into the world with nothing. He entered the world of politics in 1997. Showbusiness gave him the chance to escape into another world.
bring sb into She had brought six children into the world.
escape from, shut yourself away from, shut out He closed his eyes and tried to shut out the world.
face For the first time since the death of her parents, she felt able to face the world.
take on He was so happy to leave school, he felt ready to take on the world.
tell He wanted to tell the world how happy he was.
prove to, show She was determined to show the world that she was no loser.
shake, shock, stun The news of the assassination shook the world.
WORLD + VERB fall apart His world fell apart when his wife died.
revolve around sb/sth She thinks the world revolves around her and her schedule.
owe sb sth He seems to think that the world owes him a living.
WORLD + NOUN knowledge | view Teachers influence the world view of their young students.
PREP. in the … ~ He's well known in the fashion world.
~ about/around At this age, babies are starting to take an interest in the world around them.
~ of In the world of high finance, there is little room for sentiment.
PHRASES experience/knowledge/perception of the world, the eyes of the world The eyes of the world are on the president.
in an ideal/a perfect world In an ideal world, I'd like to work just three days a week.
in a world of your own I tapped on the window to get her attention but she was in a world of her own.
the rest of the world He just wanted to shut himself away from the rest of the world.
watch the world go by He likes to sit outside his front door and watch the world go by.
the ways of the world He's too young to understand the ways of the world.
worlds apart Although they are twins, they are worlds apart in their attitude to life.

[TahlilGaran] Collocations Dictionary


part of the world
This part of the world was new to her.
the rest of the world
How will this affect Britain and the rest of the world?
the best/tallest etc in the world
We want to become the best team in the world.
the world’s best/tallest etc
It is the world’s largest car manufacturer.
around/across the world (=in many parts of the world)
We have 950 customers around the world.
all over/throughout the world (=in every part of the world)
The city attracts visitors from all over the world.
the whole/entire world
Today the whole world is threatened with pollution.
travel the world
He spent his first few years after school travelling the world.
see the world (=travel to different parts of the world)
He quit his job to see the world.
save the world (=help people in the world)
She’s doing her bit to save the world.
lead the world (=be the most successful in the world)
Britain leads the world in defence electronics.

[TahlilGaran] Collocations Dictionary

BAD: Nepal has one of the highest mountains in all over the world.
GOOD: Nepal has one of the highest mountains in the world.
BAD: The sewing machine is one of the most widely used products of the world.
GOOD: The sewing machine is one of the most widely used products in the world.

Usage Note:
superlative + noun + in the world : 'At that time China was the richest and most powerful country in the world.'

BAD: Pollution is a serious problem in all of the world.
GOOD: Pollution is a serious problem all over the world.
BAD: Their music is played in every part of the world.
GOOD: Their music is played all over the world.

Usage Note:
all over the world = everywhere in the world: 'Since joining the newspaper, she's travelled all over the world.' 'There will be teams from all over the world.'

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Common Errors

{v. phr.} To gain great attention or popularity throughout the city, country, etc.
Pavarotti's unmatched tenor voice swept the world in an unprecedented manner.


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